ERIC Number: ED445936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jun
Mathematics and Science Classrooms: Building a Community of Learners. It's Just Good Teaching.
Educators throughout the northwest are striving to ensure that all students have opportunities to learn rigorous mathematics and science. State standards that define high quality, challenging, mathematics and science education programs for all students are in place. The science and mathematics education community is engaged in the task of translating those standards into effective teaching and learning practices. The complexities of implementing a standards-based system are explored and analyzed in a variety of educational research projects and settings. An important insight that emerges from this research is the impact of a culture that nurtures and supports continuous improvement for students and teachers alike. Schools and classrooms where this culture is the norm are often designated as learning communities. This document offers readers a variety of strategies and resources for creating such an organization. Reasons why the classroom environment is important, changing the classroom environment, three models of designing a learning community, and establishing classroom norms are also discussed. (Contains 66 references.) (ASK)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Learning, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Teaching Methods
Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory, 101 SW Main Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97204. Tel: 503-275-9519.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Teachers
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.